God Knows History

AS I WAS reading the history of the Dravidian religion of India that prevailed before the coming of the Aryans from the north, I was struck with horror by the “religious” beliefs and practices. There existed sects who worshiped the male sexual…

Epiphany in Appalachia

I SIT HERE in the middle of the night in Appalachia, in fulfillment of a commitment made long ago to one dear. Appalachia is among the resource-richest places on earth, long one of the poorest, and certainly one of the most maligned…

The Ansar and Us

THE NAME OF Anṣâr never fails to evoke undertones of sacrifice, submission, and love of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and warm sentiments of appreciation in our hearts. There is much for us to learn from their lives. Is there something common…

Deconstructing Riba

DEEP DOWN INSIDE, we all want something for nothing. We love delicious fruits and vegetables, but don’t want to have to grow and pick them ourselves. We want a nice house, but don’t want to have to sweat for it. We want…

Searching for Fatawa | Part 2

Permissible Taqleed This last form is the one that is usually discussed by scholars who had differed on its interpretation. This is also the form of raqleed that is of concern to us here in the West. Further classification and discussion is…

Searching for Fatawa | Part 1

In order to follow the ruling of Allah, the first step a Muslim must undertake is to become knowledgeable of that ruling. There are two ways by which this can be achieved. First, a Muslim can do one’s best to derive the…

How Abraham Initiated Globalization

Social scientists, historians, and economists have been running something of a competition to theorize the origins of the two hallmarks of our time: The catalyst that occasioned the modern era, and the event-onset of globalization. They’ve mostly spun sightlessly from speculation to…